Our Goal: Create a community network that supports and
 sustains the arts-rich life of every child.

Austin artists and community arts organizations are vital in helping Austin ISD move from being arts-involved to being an arts-rich school district.

Through the Creative Learning Initiative (CLI), each participating CLI school receives funding to support community arts partnerships that provide students with access to an in-school or out-of-school arts-based experience. For 2016-17 school year, the following vertical teams will have access to the CLI Community Arts Partnership Fund:

  • Crockett Vertical Team (CLI Year 3)
  • $8/student (PK-8)
  • $4/student (9-12)
  • Eastside Memorial Vertical Team (CLI Year 2) 
  • $8/student (PK-8)
  • $4/student (9-12)
  • LBJ Vertical Team (CLI Year 1)
  • $8/student (PK-8)
  • $4/student (9-12)

  • McCallum Vertical Team (CLI Sustaining)
  • $4/student (PK-5)
  • $2/student (6-12)
  • Travis Vertical Team (CLI Sustaining)
  • $4/student (PK-5)
  • $2/student (6-12)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Of the $8/student, at least $4 must be spent through a community arts partner (e.g., ZACH Theatre, Creative Action, Ballet Austin, Pollyanna Theatre, FilmKids, Ballet Folklorico, The Contemporary, etc.).  Any remaining funds may be spent on the necessary supplies to fulfill the arts-based experience (e.g., transportation, art supplies for the community arts partner experience, etc. THESE FUNDS CANNOT BE USED TO STOCK CLASSROOM ARTS SUPPLIES.)


How Can My School Access Funding for Community Arts Partnerships?

Step 1:  Plan Your Event

Identify an event that you’d like your students to attend at least two weeks in advance.  You can:

  • Have your students travel to experience the arts
  • Have the arts organization come to your campus
  • Collaborate on an experience that is as unique as your campus 


Step 2:  Submit your semester-long Chart of Expenditures

At the beginning of each semester, all principals will be given an excel sheet called the CAPF CHART OF EXPENDITURES.

Principals will work with staff to chart how they plan to use their allotted CLI funds for the semester. 

Step 3:  Transfer of Funds

After we’ve received the CHART OF EXPENDITURES we will transfer the appropriate amount  requested for the semester into a unique account specific to your campus, which can then be used by your bookkeeper to reconcile a P-Card or a Purchase Order (PO). 

Step 4:  Accountability Paperwork

Immediately after securing the invoice for the event, please email the invoice to kelly.keys@austinisd.org. Any expenditure that doesn't have an invoice will be charged to a campus account number.

All campuses have until October 3rd to turn in their request, at which point the total amount requested for the semester will be transferred into their 199 CLI account to use to input PRs, etc.

 If schools need to access their funds early for a single experience that may begin before October 3rd, or if an additional opportunity arises during the semester, they can email Kelly Keys and John Green-Otero and it will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

If you have questions related to your request, please contact:


Creative Learning Coordinator
P: 512-414-4731
E: John.Green-Otero@austinisd.org

Below is an example of some community arts partners that provide experiences for students.

*Please note that this list is not exclusive to vendors with current contracts with AISD. Service agreements may need to be completed prior to working with some of these vendors.*


Anthropos Arts
AP Comedy
Austin Chamber Music
Austin Classical Guitar
Austin Community College
Austin Film Festival
Austin Film Kids
Austin Film Society
Austin Friends of Folk Art
Austin Jazz Workshop
Austin Opera
Austin Shakespeare
Austin Symphony
Austin Traditional Jazz Society
Aztlan Dance Company
Ballet Austin
Ballet East
Ballet Folklorico

Creative Action
Drama for Schools
Flor de Nopal Literary Festival
Great Promise for American Indians
Groundworks Music Project
Hispanic Alliance for the Performing Arts
Inside Out Steelband
Keys of Life
La Pena
Latinas Unidas Por Arte (LUPE Arte)
Mexic-Arte Museum
Musical Connections
One World Theatre
Pollyanna Theatre Company
Proyecto Teatro

Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance
Rhythm Path
Scottish Rite Theatre
Tapestry Dance Company
Teatro Vivo
The Blanton Museum of Art
The Cipher
The Contemporary Austin
The Edge of Imagination Station
The Paramount Theatre
The Thinkery
VSA Texas
X8 Interactive Drumming
Zach Scott Theatre

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